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capitol, a two-year, $60 million renovation is underway. gaveling will be constructed around capitol dome but work continues with the house gaveling today at noon. they are expected to approve a resolution and limiting the need to hold sessions while on break. they do return on letter slated for it on tuesday, january 7. from the labor department this morning, reports that the number of unemployment benefit applications dropped by 42,000 last week. planes had jumped by 75,000 over the two weeks ending december 14. today's news is a sign of a decline in the improving job market. the issue of unemployment benefits is shaping up to be a good focal point when congress returns. congress failed to agree on a deal to extend long-term benefits which were said to expire december 31 for 1.3
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both law enforcement concerns as well as the popular press' concern, then suddenly this idea of summary listening to god and that ishem do things, dangerous, and that needs to be policed and controlled. >> wesleyan university religious halkessor peter gottsc argues that religious persecution has been prevalent since the 1800's, even committed by the very government supposed to recite us from persecution, sunday at 9:00 on "after words uncle part of book tv on c- span2. >> i think radio is the best form of media that is left. only c-span does longform conversation anymore. you and charlie road read books the way i read books in order to talk to the author seriously .
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it is obvious when an author gets their book read these days because they do not get many people who read their books with page note that it is so rewarding to them. i get a great deal of satisfaction -- the highest complement if that is the best interview i've had on this book tour. charles, ont from "things that matter," his newest collection of essays. that makes my day. i like radio. three hours is an abundance of time and i could use of a different things. i more with radio talk show host hugh hewitt sunday night at 8:00 on c-span "q&a." coming up over the next upper lowers, we will take you to london where last month about 300 minutes -- members of britain's youth parliament gathered in the house of parliament for it the debate. understanding of parliamentary democracy and the u.k.. they debated a range of topics
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including bullying, combating youth unemployment, and voting rights for teenagers. speaker of the house of john house.l resided over the >> the parliament will now consider the second nation of the day, relating to zero tolerance toward bullying in schools as printed on the order paper to move the motion, i call and invite you warmly to welcome from the east of england -- [applause] speaker.you, mr. everyone is unique, special, different, and i think it is fair to say that if we were all exactly the same, this world would be an extremely dull place. peoplenately, a lot of get bullied because they are unique or different. aggression is not natural. suffering is not either.
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--human is born that way bullying is something people learn. 69% of young people in the u.k. report being victims of bullying, but what about all the people that do not report it? this problem israel and that affects thousands of young people, so it is our duty to do something about it. we have to have a national campaign and make our mark because we must help those, and we must do it now. the amount of bullying that takes place is hugely concerning, before becomes normal, natural, except it is more concerning. this problem israel and affects thousands of young people, as i said i'll stop over 38,000 young --ple voted for this to be this problem is real and affects thousands of young people, as i said. over 38,000 young people voted for this to be the national property.
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most cases, the bullies are going through something arendt is themselves, and they need help. there are existing organizations like big bullying -- we can join them and when this campaign within a year. this affects everyone we represent. 18. 11 to why vote for a campaign focusing on the curriculum one every day, thousands of young people true it doesn't result of bullying. we must focus on getting them to school, we must get our priorities right at least 20 young people commit suicide it year after -- each year after a result of bullying at school. when they prefer not to get bullied? and imagine how desperate depressed someone must get to take the most valuable thing they have ever had -- in their own life. now it is only a number in our
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heads -- 20. in context, there are 11 players on a football team. this means that after a match, only the goalie is left. these young people believe family, friends, it and the families behind, and the bullies over member it for the rest of their lives that they will feel the responsibility. this shows the severity and seriousness of this issue. and how ineffective the policies that we have our. this to be to vote our national campaign and let's make a difference, thank you. [applause] >> jakub, thank you very much for that. to oppose the motion -- [applause] >> thank you, mr. speaker.
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we all like to have a little fun at time at someone else's expense, the clothes they wear, their hair, or simply their family life, all of these things are often poor people to make remarks on, but have we ever really thought about the impact a particular comment has? when is funny no longer funny? when does fun end and intimidation start? the dictionary has a clear definition of what bullying is. it is up to a lack of understanding about what bullying is and impact of addiction -- in march, 2013, government research percentage found almost
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% of children and young people say they have been bullied at school. being a bully often starts at an early age. something i can relate to. [inaudible] [inaudible]
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-- each and every one of us to support an anti-bullying charity. thank you. [applause] >> just before i call someone for the west midlands, i want to welcome my colleague
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[inaudible] -- now the third motion of the day relates to combating youth unemployment as print on the order papers. i call and ask you to welcome from the northwest of england mr. stephen adkins. [applause] >> thank you, mr. speaker.
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there are 900 and 65,000 young people currently unemployed in younguntry -- 965000 people currently unemployed in our country. it is enough to fill the olympic stadium 12 times over, or to put it into perspective, if i spoke for one second, only one second, for every young person that was unemployed, i would be standing here for over 11 days. now, don't worry, mr. speaker, i will not be that long, but that would be good, right? every figure represents a young person by being given no hope for the future, and there is a story that once had potential. generation jobless are meant to be the citizens of today, creating a brighter future for tomorrow, but how can we fulfill place in society when all that is being offered to us is despair and hopelessness?
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for every year passing unemployed, they feel awful. , frustration,ion boredom, insecurity, worthlessness. mr. speaker, this is not just an economic issue or a young people issue. this is a major issue for our country and must be addressed now. a survey of local authorities found that 94% of respondents recognized youth unemployment as an issue, and 91% said it had gotten worse in the past five years. now, if a doctor was 94% sure that you had a problem and said that your condition had worsen by 91%, you would ask that doctor for a solution. why should be any different here? the survey also found that 91% of respondents believe that they could contribute to tackling the youth unemployment crisis. mr. speaker, it is time we played our part. our bill going through
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limit, this is our time, our moment, our chance to sustain the argument and make the change that is needed and necessary to improve the life of so many young people, the young people that we are there to protect, the young people that need our help. youth unemployment affects us all, and impact all of our communities, and while the young people who are struggling to find a job -- our work is not done. people who are young cannot find a subordinate, our -- find the support they need, our job continues. we need to rise together. and while there may be some stories of success, the truth is there needs to be 965,000 more. despite the figures, despite the dismal, saddening story that can be heard all over our country, from young people that we represent, despite the wider
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economic problems, things can improve. we can do this. we can crack this crisis. we just need a big, bold campaign, bring together business of, decision-makers, and the voices of young people. together, we can make a difference in the lives of so many young people, not just in our local communities or our regions, but all over our great country. mr. speaker, young people meet a solution to this crisis. young people need a solution to this crisis now. thank you. [applause] >> steven, thank you very much indeed. to oppose, i call mr. -- [applause] >> thank you, mr. speaker. look at theed to
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roles and who we represent, and today, our role is to select a one double campaign for tomorrow and the year after. now, youth unemployment, yes, the numbers are high, but so is the task of combating youth unemployment. only focuses on young people aged 16 and above. now, i am above the age of 16, so i am good. this issue supports me. but i am not selfish. [laughter] [applause] and i know none of you are too. let's pick an issue that affects all of us regardless of how old we are, let's take an issue that 18-cts all of the 11 to year-olds that we represent not just some of them. we need to look at why youth unemployment in such a big problem.
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value work experience more than anything. many young people spend all of their lives and education, all of their lives being looked after, and then we get into the world world would do not know what to do. -- into the world world we do not know what to do. we have a good education system but it is not always repairing us for the world of work. the director of a very well- known jobs website has said that the reality is as a country we have not been very good at creating graduates who are meeting the needs and demands of employers. so the most important issue is making sure that all young people get the skills and experience needed for the workplace, our schools, the government, young people are all engaging together to improve career choices locally and nationally. it is about apprenticeship, training, engaging with young people, engaging with wills, providing better experience is, better career advice. have grown up an area
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where issues such as unemployment, violence, and other negative issues are common , and where i'm from, mr. speaker, some people, not all, but some people care more about their reputation on the street more than they care about their careers. why.k ourselves it is because we have not been taught the value of careers. we have not been taught what it is to pursue our passion. the problem with this motion is that everybody on the floor side of the survey says that -- to get through each person, where everybody is stating problem since it is a somewhat youth unemployment in such a big problem, but that is all i am hearing. i'm not hearing any solutions. so here is my little piece of the puzzle -- if 100% of young people are the future, then 100% partial career advice, we need impartial work is turned to back us up, we
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needed to guide us and advise all of the young people to have a better rare in their future life. better career in their future life. if we voted on this other national campaign, we will be voting on issues only affect a proportion of us. we would be voting an issue that the government is already working on and we will be choosing an issue that is not really winnable within one year. i am not saying that youth unemployment is not a problem because obviously it is. what i am saying is that the best and brightest that britain has to offer, they scratch their heads, they scratch their bums, they even invested a billion pounds and have not solved very much. unless we, with a grand plan in 30 minutes, this is not a one- year winnable campaign. [cheers and applause] that affects issue us all, regardless of how old we are.
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let's pick a more realistic issue that we can win within one year, and let's bring all of the young people that we represent proud. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> jawaad, thank you for a much for that. now let's hear from northern ireland. could we have from northern ireland? yes, indeed. >> sorry if you cannot understand my accent. great youth unemployment, is one of us would -- just to give our parents money their suffering. but it goes far beyond that. it is not just a sign on. having a job -- i work in a coffee shop, and i have noticed since i started working, i am more confident. that can feed into job interviews, the university interviews.
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most universities these days require interviews, and we need to confident that we need to be able to go in there and have the medication skills to succeed. but where are we going to get these from? with, a job, to start off and talking to a customer today, it may not seem like much, but it will help. so i strongly support this, and i think we should vote this is our national campaign, and you should, too. [applause] >> yorkshire -- yes, the gentleman there, thank you. >> i am a member of youth parliament brussels. it is great having a campaign, it is great having a policy that is able to combat youth unemployment, but is it actual pols will -- actually possible to do it? it is my opinion that i do not think it is.
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i think that the only way we can increase the opportunity is to offer better career advice into offer better working for its, which i will not ramble on too much as i know it be covered later, but it is my belief and that of my constituents that we have better career advice and larger amounts of youth opportunities will become available but not without it, not with a thing will policy, thank you, mr. speaker. [applause] quite how about scotland? -- >> how about scotland? you there. >> i think if you stop the focus [inaudible]e it -- -- and paid internships. thank you. [applause]
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>> what about the southwest? the gent with the curly hair. >> youth unemployment is a problem but i do not think this is something we can possibly solve. the issue has only complement it roots. problems which lie in thousands of employers and with central and local government along -- among other things. the issue is a problem and i believe -- so i believe it could lead to a wasted year. for this reason, i will ask you to things. i devote with me for something choose his you issue, i beg you, prove me wrong. what about -- >> what about wales? what about the second woman along for me? >> my name is catherine davis and i'm from wales. looking to the topic that we are debating today, something is key
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in all of them, and that is education. we need to have life skills that -- we'll be we'll get job opportunities, that we can do it, that we can dress smartly, and this is why i think we should go with a different topic such as a curriculum to prepare us for life because we all know that we need a successful education. so that when we do get the opportunity to have jobs, so -- improved to the older generations that we are worthy and we can be a good future generation. thank you. [applause] >> who have we got wanting to speak from london? yes, the chapel with the greenside? -- green tie. >> youth unemployment -- it is
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almost reached one million people. we are the future. myself, you guys, the people we represent. we are supposed to be having the jobs, we are supposed to be earning the money, we are supposed to be out there earning a livelihood. but we are the lost generation. how do we find ourselves again? how can we become the unlost generation? i think the way to solve this is three better curriculum to prepare us for life because we are not all prepared for the jobs up there. we are not all equipped. so if we support a better curriculum for life, for a second year, and finish the job we started, we can ensure we have the right skills and the best skills possible to make this a better people for those jobs that are out there. please support a better curriculum to prepare us for youthto reduce unemployment and to improve
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working different out there. thank you. [applause] >> thank you very much. what about the northwest of england? yes, the woman with the gray top. thank you. >> hi, i am from olden. i looking to be from northwest because we have already got a youth unemployment commission. everyone across our region is working really hard. education, and education is what can solve youth unemployment. that is what we should look at. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. that is extremely distinct, but it is a very good model of distinct -- succintness. louisville government one? -- who have we got from england? >> my main policy was a combat
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youth unemployment, and i think the young people voted for me because this is one of the biggest issues facing young people at present, you've heard it all said -- you've heard the facts and the figures, so i will not bore you with them again, but i believe this is the main problem because youth unemployment set to increase of becoming months and years, so that means it is a problem that will affect all of us, not just 16 to 18-year-olds but every single one of us in this room and young people across england and scotland and northern ireland. i think we should support this motion do everything we can to combat youth unemployment because that's before the problem becomes a crisis. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. the northeast of england. yes, your self? >> thank you. this is of course an important issue because young people needed a job, or people who just have one around and serving him because of it i have a job, they cannot have money, they need the money for the rest of their lives. or it can go home and live with
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this really hard conscience that they cannot aim for themselves, they have to rely on other people. it is well ok if you can just go to a place and then they can say thank you for coming to us, we can help you find a job. but then why do we need to do that if you can just give them knowledge and the education to help them to learn what they need to do in order to get a job? it is ok, as i said before, just to help them, but they will not -- there will not always be a person there. there will always be knowledge to help you find a job that you really want or progress in your life to go further and what you neewant to do. all you need to do is to know where to find the knowledge, and the knowledge and education is to be provided. to why. >> thank you. who have we got from east midlands?
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the gentleman springing out of his seat with a sort of gymnastic enthusiasm. >> and not the city, my own sound -- and my home town, everybody complains about in nottingham, but that is starting a whole new campaign is not going to certainly abolish the issue of youth unemployment. instead what we should do is work with what is already there, see why is that not working, what is wrong with our current system, how can we better that instead of starting a brand-new campaign from scratch when it is much easier to support a system that already exists. over the past two years, i have heard my friend sadie common phrase to me -- the struggle is real. i've always wondered to myself -- what is real but the struggle? -- whatuggle as they struggle are they talking about? the struggle is most definitely real. [applause] thank you. >> the west midlands.
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i have heard your cry. [cheers and applause] he is in a fit of uncontrollable assignment -- excitement. >> thank you, mr. speaker. my name is patel. i represent the glory of the second city of birmingham. i like to reiterate the fact that the u.k. parliaments are presented of regardless of age, and this motion does not clearly support someone who is 11 years old. how does it clearly directly affect them? i would like to put my hand on my heart and completely, with we are not said, economic masterminds, we cannot sit here and debate and -- let's think of a plan. job is youth representatives to think of a
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plan -- government have to. at a click of a finger, we cannot think of the plan. let's create jobs. i want to target the root of the problem -- why does youth unemployment exist in the first place yo? that is you wake up every morning, i'm sure that every single young person has aspirations whether they want to be a hairdresser or doctor. they did not wake up one morning and want to aspire to be unemployed. they do not want to. the root of the problem is our career advice and are working for it is not sufficient enough. we have a nonexistent career advice service that is well stuck in the 20th century but now has been abolished. we need to target this root of the problem. help people reach aspirations. be academically not as good as someone else, but reach aspirations and reach jobs that have not been created or have been created. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you. the one remaining region for which we have not heard if the
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southeast of england. yes, the woman with the red dress. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i'm from buckingham, sir. we are 100% of the future. we need to let the current decision-makers know that in order to prevent us from becoming disillusioned and it's engaged with politics, they must stop providing us with what we need the most -- jobs. this does not mean only for those with a certain amount of qualifications, this means jobs that are for able and willing young people, regardless of background or access to education. i also feel that we should focus our attention to encouraging women in the world of work. encouraging women to break the glass ceiling and access the highest quality jobs. this has to begin with diminishing discrimination in the workplace in general, and i feel this is very closely intertwined with this national campaign. the rates of youth unemployment, and together we can fight,
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regardless of our gender, regardless of our education, the most importantly, regardless of our age. [applause] >> thank you. i'm just going to try to squeeze in a couple of further speakers if they can be very pithy. we need somebody from london. have we got a londoner? yes, you, thank you. >> jopling, youth representative for harrow. parliament.k. youth will stop we need to stop being so pessimistic. what is wrong with all of you -- cheer up. . they need to become more employable, we need to create a generation of people that inspire and young people at one jobs. thank you. [applause]
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>> how about a speaker from the west midlands? what about the gentleman, the tallish gentleman in the back there? >> thank you, mr. speaker. i amme is david, and watcher. last quarter, we had the highest rate in 15 years, the quorum in quarter -- and the coming quarter will give the most promising forecast for 18. more and more opportunities are available from cash for young people. the problem is we're not have the young people to fill the skills. we need a curriculum for life, we need to improve the schools -- the skills of young people in this generation and the generation to come. let's not vote to attack unemployment, let's go for a
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curriculum for life so we can achieve the rod young generations i can take these opportunities. >> thank you. yorkshire, the woman who leapt up with the gray jacket and the pinky dress. >> i just want to make sure, had we justify a government by the jobs we do when still so many adults are unemployed? [applause] >> what about the southeast? who have we got from the southeast? yes. the chap smiling at me animatedly. >> i feel personally quite passionate about this. as my local campaign in my constituency is in fact to promote the awareness and the prestige of friendship. sadly, that was one of the issues that was not put through to you today, however i feel apprenticeship can be combined with combating youth unemployment. i recently had a meeting in my
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constituency with local business leaders, and they all said to me how they would love to take on more apprentices. it is doubly funny the communication between those who want an apprentice ship and those who are willing to give it, and that is what we should really be focusing on. certainly at the grassroots level. this is the sort of thing we can help and use in order to help youth on employment in our constituencies. [applause] presentationlarge from the southwest, so i would like to hear another speaker from a southwest. the woman jessica lading at me -- just a chelating -- ges ticulating at me. >> i would like to point out when looking at this motion, it says education with the right tools. as way we can do this repeated several times through education. the problem is education and a the of education, but also
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apathy and the lack of motivation and our generation. it has unfortunate encounter a lack of engagement with politics. i would really urge you to consider voting for bo 16 as well as a curriculum for life so young people are able to have the skills that are motivated enough to do like us and want to create a chain for themselves and have a positive and back on society and change the hearts of themselves and others. [applause] >> antiwhite. if possible, i would like to hear from a man from northern ireland. please. i am matthew carson from ireland. we are all in agreement of the problem, but i think the problem really lies in this motion, this is -- especially with a strategy for this problem, that is extremely nonsystematic. -- non-specific.
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that is not mean anything. and if we want that to the government, they would say what you mean, we already have a strategy, even if we know it is not working. there's already a strategy in place. what we should do is focus on other issues and possibly come back next year with a more defined idea of what we are looking to achieve and then bring that forward. [applause] >> thank you. able to sorry not to be accommodate everybody. that is true in every debate, really. every time. i have done my best to get a fair representation. to conclude the debate before we break for lunch, i call from scotland lori donaldson. [cheers and applause] >> thank you, mr. speaker. i want to begin by thanking everyone who has raise their voice in this matter because we need voices raised. hopeless people stay quiet, and nearly a million unemployed young people are in that state of hopelessness.
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our voices need to be raised louder and more often. we have heard that resources could be better used elsewhere, that this issue is not a big enough priority for the youth parliament campaign as it only represents 45% of our young people. i mean, maybe we do need to consider that our government has already injected a significant amount of research into improving this issue, and that is for us to take -- and that for us to take part would be too unrealistic. theave been confronted with statistical stent of the problem, including the economic impact of the unemployed becoming unemployable, and the long-term impact of today's youth unemployment on the next generation of british life. earlier in the debate, my fellow saidates from scotland
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what is the point of having a curriculum that does not gear for life? if there areis -- no jobs to go into, then what really is the point? how preparednot on we are for the job -- the issue is if we actually have a job at the end of that preparation. we can all's, clearly see that there is presently an epidemic, an epidemic of jobless young people who are losing hope for the future. our government is not helping. [laughter] [cheers and applause] 14 months ago, they issued the youth contract, and part of this is giving 2000 phones to any business that employed young people. they pledged to give out 160,000 of these contracts.
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14 months on, they have given a mere 3%.690, pathetic shows the attempt our government has made it combating this issue. there is a common stereotype parliaments that we highlight the issues but not the solutions. that this campaign might not have a direct effect because we do not have a solution. scotland has that solution. [laughter] we recognize that this is such a serious problem that we now have a permanent minister for youth ,mprovement -- youth employment angela constance, who i had the pleasure of meeting last week. there used to be a minister for youth engagement, but what a surprise, our government scrapped it. there is your master plan, jawaad, we need a minister for youth employment.
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we need to raise the support that is already offered. this is especially important since the last election, you on of women has increased by 24%. was worse then and not now. is this too big a job for the youth parliament campaign? possibly. our playing small does not serve the world. we have been told the old scoring -- old story -- worked hard in school, get a degree, and you will get a job. you have shown that the story is a fairytale. we are the best educated generation in history yet somehow we are fearing an unemployment black hole. young people are often told that we are the society of the future am a that we are the society of now!
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we are alive now, we are skilled now, and we are unemployed now! members of the youth parliament, we must do something now. thank you. [cheers and applause] thank you very much indeed. that includes -- that concludes the morning session of our meeting. the youth parliament will now adjourned. >> thank you, welcome back, hope you enjoyed your lunch, obviously it had to be rather brief. order, order. the youth parliament will consider the fourth motion of the day relating to better work experience and careers advice as printed on the order paper's will stop to move the motion, i call from northern ireland mr.
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kennedy. [cheers and applause] >> thank you, mr. speaker. fellow members of the u.k. youth are limits, we're not know what we wanted to do until we came -- to we gained a little bit of work experience. the cables across the u.k. are entitled to one or two ways of working syrians -- work experience. this is no longer compulsory. do you agree with me that it should be? we all know young people in our local areas whose work placement in the past have involved making shadowingocopy and rather than the high-quality working sprinkler they deserve. high-quality work insurance and guidance is about as aspirational, as proactive, and comes rather than the -- it is
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focus upon. it benefits and inspires. y.p. represent 11 to 19-year-olds, and voting in favor is more inclusive than those we represent is not just asresent the smaller such voting for 16 and 17-year-olds. youth unemployment is a huge -- better quality careers advice, working sprint. -- work experience. a report finds that young people who take part in work experience are 40% less likely to be unemployed. we need tou.k.y.p., work with our local government, we need to work with the national educational department and making sure that the young people receive a higher quality of rivers of ice in work experience is met.
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-- a higher quality advice and work experience. those stuck in the middle, those who do not know what they're going to do, they need high- quality, careers advice and work experience. there is more and more careers advice going on now. personally, this is a problem, now, would also -- members, you know that is a good job, but what you are not aware of is i am allergic to cats, dogs, and horses. so it is not possible. [laughter] as the united kingdom youth are limits, we should listen to the voices of the 47,620 young
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people that are voted in favor of this motion and many more young people all over our country that are effected why this issue. by this issue. i ask you today to vote in favor of this motion. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> thank you very much, indeed, for that opening speech to oppose the motion. i shall call from the northeast of england, mr. matthew. [cheers and applause] >> wow. thank you, mr. speaker. tookands of young people work is varied as the most important issue, so we know is that big deal for young people across the country. it was voted second in this year's make your mark, second in my home region of the northeast, and first in my own city.
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geordie accent, but we will talk about that much later. [laughter] so although i speak against this motion today, rest assured that i understand the importance of working. and careers advice. is -- then to the stas english department of education reported pontification rates of up to 95%. surely the real problem is not quality ofthe the work and career twice the young bugler being given. meaningfuldescribes work is purposeful, substantial, challenging, and relevant to the young study program. but many of us, including those who are in favor of this motion, must concede that it's once or -- concede that once or twice we have been on the receiving end of miserably inadequate grids of
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ice. advice.rs i believe that the young people spoke out this year. they are fed up and want to see real change. solutions to deep rooted problems that contain to not even begin to address. what about the 11-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy in your constituencies? one replacement, one week, five days making tea and coffee for a positive not care? [cheers and applause] who does not care? instead, we need a campaign worthy of taxes and the books of history or a page of wikipedia. [laughter] imagine a youth parliament that is the driving force behind one of the biggest changes to democracy in three generations. one that campaigns for votes at
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16 or calls for the overhaul of a curriculum that has repeatedly failed to prepare us for life. one that fans of against the acts of bullying in our schools or speaks up for those in the seemingly indestructible war of youth employment. a youth parliament that campaigns for young people to undertake substantive career advice sessions that leave them insecure and and out of their ability. now, that is the honest question before us today. i hope your answer, and our hope our joint answer, will be no. fellow members of the united kingdom youth parliament, we must remember that we do not sit on these green benches in the parliament chamber to caress our egos, dignify ourselves, make our bums comfortable -- [laughter] or update our facebook pictures. [cheers and applause]
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no, no, no, that is not why we are here. [applause] rather we are here to speak for over 5.8 million young people of this country will stop friends -- of this country. friends, think of them when we pull for our campaign today. achievable, attainable, and accomplishable campaign. we can no longer stall with unwinnable project. also think of the efforts i have made today. i had to put my best suit and my best bow tie on. [laughter] thank you. [cheers and applause] >> ok -- i think we will take the young gentleman here who wanted to speak. liam.name is
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i believe that better work experience is needed for our young people. in my school base in southeast london, we have a coordinator -- a career coordinator who guides the young people and old strips. canree that we as members have better worries for it, --ter career the vice advice, you can have a better career in the future. i do apologize, i am slightly nervous today. [laughter] but i think having better working sprint would be a good thing for young people. we get to work with other organizations to support the young people will stop thank you. [cheers and applause] >> thank you very much indeed, and i think you wish to complete that stupidity, thank you
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that that was the career path i want to go down. fact that thought -- the 11-year-olds or 12 euros just now wanted to see this is outrageous. i love it. why should everybody else get to express it to jessica they're younger than me. and career advice is great. you can get such valuable it advice and advice on qualifications that you need to go into a job that are so valuable. so everyone should be able to do working sprint and get valuable workrs advice -- experience and get valuable careers advice no matter how old they are. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. what about the northwest of england? how about the woman at the end in the red jacket? >> thank you, i am lidia. i would first like to say the program seems to be quite
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popular already with what we have been talking about is that young people are not happy enough with the jobs that they are going to in the future. nobody has got the right education -- nobody knows what they're going to do when they are older. i am doing my work is france next year, and i have no idea what i want to be. fact that young people are being pressured into working sprint placement that will do nothing that is beneficial to them is quite bad. i think the careers advice should come with what actual working sprint's needs -- work experience means and what we should be doing. it is very general, and not go know,ething that's -- you -- we need to focus on these smaller things and build the idea to create a fantastic curriculum which held all the people no matter what age or where they are from. [applause] and hu about yorkshire
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mber? the woman with the black jacket and yellow pad. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i am on behalf of the yorkshire and humber side. basically, we have found out and -- workpress experience and careers are in the top three. actually, they pressure us to do well for our future, but there is one simple question i want all of you to think about, and that is -- how do they expect us to act like adults, when the opportunities for us to prove even to ourselves that we can do it? if there is no work experience, and any way for us to actually know what our skills are, how can we know that what we want
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for our future, and how can we be good for our own society? also, i wanted to say that careers are really a key skill ,or our generation because first of all, i have to say that a lot of people out there do not know what they want to do, so the only thing they can think of is maybe committing a crime, or they don't know anything better to do. our role as a member of youth parliament is to prevent that, and if we have people to do -- be more productive for the area. i want to thank again, guys. people out there really need you, and they need our boys to get better working sprint. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you.
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the chapter with his hand up. up.hap here with his hands >> schools cannot teach the skills necessary for life and the world business. interpersonal skills are key to eradicating with business partners and colleagues. in this day and age, globalization is a very cost approaching prospect, and young people must be prepared for this. according to a oldman sachs reports on the brits nation, -- a goldman sachs report on the brits nation, we will be committee came with and working with business in these countries, so we need to be prepared for this business. we are first the real world. ladies and gentlemen, this is the real-world. [applause] >> what about the east of england.
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>> thank you. [inaudible] [laughter] peoplelly believe young -- work experience is very valuable. employers nowadays are actually looking to what experience you .ctually have will the experience is really crucial . i was not actually sure what i wanted to be and now i do. it is really crucial that you as young people, us as young people, are given the chance to explore what we want to be. careers advice is also really important. we can come back if we could do this one motion. it is really important. if we can pass this motion, we can complete and make the u.k. a much better place for young people. thank you. [applause] >> what about the west midlands?
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an avalanche of people. i am going to choose the woman if is jumping up and down as she is escaping. indeed. [laughter] i know a fewhat months ago didn't work experience. he did the exact opposite of what he wanted. that is not fair. he has enough experience in his life to get him the job that he wants. if you want to be a photographer, you could do what you wanted to do that limited time of work experience. i don't think that is fair. if we get that motion, we should extend the time of work experience and let people have a say in what goes on and it. [applause] >> southwest?
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yes, you have been very patient. red hair. [laughter] [applause] i am the tosha -- natasha. i live in a rural area. be pretty and they can be pretty boring. your opportunities are pretty limited, too. the young people in my school are lucky enough to do work experience. they are limited by their aspirations. sometimes they want to do things in london or go abroad and study and do things that people in our town do not do. they are not being given the opportunity to do this. people are hindering and limiting their aspirations their work experience. people are saying you cannot do this, that is too far away. quite often these
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young people do not even think about this. their parents work and this town and have always worked in this town. they are going to end up living in this town. that is the mentality. i do not think we should be limiting aspirations. work experience that targets young people to embellish their aspirations and make sure they find things that they want to do, not just going to the local shops to take work experience. to make sure work experience is targeted for young people in areas that they want to do. therefore, i wish the youth 2014 campaign should be better work experience and careers advice. [applause] >> who have we got from scotland? just here. >> me.
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i am from scotland. experience is really beneficial. for a number of reasons. it sometimes leads to part-time employment. workhool offers experience, but they are withdrawing it soon. i am hoping this will be our national campaign. -- work experience allows employers to see what young people are capable of and allows young people to see what employment is like. it gives young people a mission and aspirations. those are great qualities we offer young people. i hope that you will choose work experience as your national campaign. [applause] >> ok. i think we have a bit of time. we will get back to london. who have we got from london? alright, you are beside yourself with excitement.
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>> i am dani. experienceagree work is beneficial on careers advice helps you, i think this debate will come to a conclusion that the solution lies within education and the curriculum. i would encourage you to fill for a better national curriculum. whether that is providing careers advice or advising you on the process of applying to work experience. i think the curriculum and education is where it starts. thank you. [applause] >> what about the northeast of england? middlesboro. need to havet we better work experience, it is a great idea. but i agree with matthew, i do not fancy making tea and coffee my whole week. i think we have made a mistake and that we have said we want work experience and careers
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advice to be accessible for all. but we have not said what we want to happen within a careers advice or with the network experience. actually, what we are saying is yes, send everybody away for a week of work experience of making tea and coffee. we have not thought it through. that is a real danger. when we have got policies and issues such as youth unemployment, which is really the root of all this. we are talking about how people -- we are setting them up for employers to turn around and say this guy has got more experience than you in the real world. what are we setting them up for? we have not specify what we want to achieve through this policy. that is quite a big danger. we should go for something that actually is really affecting young people -- i can think of nothing better than unemployment. [applause] >> thank you. -- a very large,
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spirited delegation from the west midlands. [laughter] yes. [laughter] all sorts of words spring to mind. the pink jacket. thank you, mr. speaker. yes, i think we should have better work experience. it should not be made compulsory. work experience needs to contain -- retain its value. students need to pull their socks up and walked out and get this opportunities for themselves. [applause] we cannot give young people things on a platter. something else -- [laughter] i am sorry. them worknot give experience on a platter.
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at the end of the day, it is just another thing that we need to do to get into university and get a job. then are we going to need something else. we should not vote for the national campaign, vote for something that is going to affect us. thank you. [applause] >> what about the east midlands? we will east midlands, go for the gentleman there. you, sir. [laughter] --i did [laughter] oh. alastair, i am from lincolnshire. i did two weeks of work experience a while ago, a year or two ago. .t. technicianan i and a school.
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i found out to be very beneficial. the next week was at another company which i did not find as helpful. i think work experience was very good. everyone should have the opportunity to do work experience. that is a good thing to put on their cv. to have some experience. i also think people should take other opportunities. i did the national citizen service in the summer. i think that is good. that involves giving charity work. volunteering. social action. skills that i think are very good. they show a positive image for you. i think doing stuff like that is want youthg if you
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unemployment to go down, make yourself stand out. [applause] what about northern ireland? who have we got from northern ireland? the woman at the end. are you northern ireland? >> hi. i am from northern ireland. everybody is talking about work experience and has good points. i did work experience for a week at a primary school. was there i did not make tea and coffee. i worked with the children. i was able to help them. work experience brings a different side in every single child. some people say 11 and 12-year-olds cannot be expected to know what they want to do. experience andrk careers advice is for. if it is there it should be used accordingly. point in not see the
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work experience or careers advice. that theylling me cannot pick a career. i think people should vote for the resolution because it will help children and give them a place to go to understand what they want to do with their life. [applause] >> thank you, that is very clear. what about whales? -- what about wales? the gentleman third along. >> i am simon from wales. beennderlying theme has empowering young people. we have to empower young people to find opportunities like work experience. we should empower them to speak out against the bullies and find opportunities. [laughter] this comes into the curriculum for life. great opportunities for young people and making them feel the
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confidence to speak out when things are not going the way they want. that is what i think. [applause] >> what about the east of england? who have we got from the east of england? the woman there. thank you, mr. speaker. i am from the east of england. i wanted to mention the point that my honorable friend mentioned when he opposed the motion. canaid work experience comprise making tea or coffee. yes, it can. sometimes work experience is bad and not tailored for young people. this motion does not oppose careers advice being used to make sure that these placements are good for these young people. this motion does not oppose work experience. therefore, i really believe that t young people to
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experience good work experience, andust vote for this issue improve work experience by working with young people and tailoring their work experience for them. [applause] >> thank you. the northwest of england, who have we got? what about the chap here. >> northwest. gap in thisassive country between the role of education and the world of work. it seems bizarre that the duty for schools to provide work experience has been removed at the very time we have a high youth unemployment. no schools in my constituency offer work experience anymore. surely this bridge between the classroom and the workplace is even more crucial. people are not only concerned about the choice of job but the availability of work. [applause] >> ok.
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london's turn again. a woman from london, here. >> millie, camden. something i want to bring up is that currently -- i did work experience for the summer. i was lucky to get a great placement in a great organization. some because of my contacts, i have done a lot with youth parliament. you get great work experience if you have great contacts. people, different grades or different backgrounds, do not have those contacts. not does not mean they do care. it is the same thing the government is saying about people who do not get jobs, there are reasons. people have a lack in confidence or there are other reasons. we cannot just allow some people to get great work experience and to have great career pass because of the people they know. to make sure that
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careers advice and work experience goes through a general base so that everyone can get equal opportunities to great work experience. >> thank you. [applause] >> southeast of england. you have been in a state of excitement for the last couple of hours. [applause] >> thank you so much. i am so proud. recently we had a conference about work experience and careers advice. the general consensus was, over 200 people said that they were not getting enough work experience or careers advice. it is important that this happens. work experience build up confidence. it means they have the skills to face the world of work. curriculum fore life campaign, they are getting the skills to go out and be better people in society. i urge you to read for this issue, please. [applause]
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>> thank you. time is always against us. one more debate to follow. i encourage everybody who has to have another go in the next debate. i must call upon our friend and representative from yorkshire and humber. [applause] >> mr. speaker. ander work experience careers advice has two sides to the tail. practical and theoretical. both are reaching the same endpoint while taking paths that support each other like a married couple. let's take a step back. this really affects us significantly? society likes debating numbers.
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or how many facebook friends they have. to judge has grown people on what they achieve instead of looking at the potential to grow as a person. once described their work experience to me. a tea pouring, paper pushing ordeal. to be a recurring situation to those who want that extra step in life. -- growth?elf the vital push i needed to bridge the gap between education is fundamentally crucial in a young person's journal into adulthood -- journey into adulthood. we can be ignorant.
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ignorant to reality that fuels our dreams through our teenage years. i hear you call for an answer and guidance. how can we develop as people? is diluted with dreams of me walking down a catwalk with the torilla beckham beckham.ictoria [laughter] it is time to face the truth. we need help. the irony -- we have that help. 95% of us have work experience. but the majority is poorly structured. thatelped by the fact stereotypes are constantly fulfilled. a waste of time. ay focus the strength of force of a minority when the
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majority can utilize a force of power. researching my topic broaden my eyes to reality. something which you all need to understand. for byperience is begged employees. the quality of the experience comes under question. rs increasingly focus on education. all of society should be educated in the basics of life -- maths, english, and science. educationemic alongside the growth of the individual that will deliver a better society. myp's i ask you this question today. should we be fueling more money into an ever declining system? or should we be investing in the future of our society? parents,wisdom of my
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my name translates as "the leader of people." [laughter] you look at me today for an answer to a complex tale of pros and cons. but i can help you no further. it is your time to decide. [applause] >> thank you very much indeed for that. the youth parliament will consider the fifth and last motion of the day relating to the votes for 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds in all public elections. as printed on the order paper. to move the motion, from the east midlands, mr. hajar. [applause]
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thank you, mr. speaker. votes at 16, what a topic. in conversations comes up myp, rightly so. it is one of the most relevant topics. ,945 voted in the national campaign, making it the most popular topic of the agenda today. for too long, this issue has lingered. it is finally time to give it attention. i stand before you as a 17-year-old. with responsibilities but without the right. for example, i have the right to have a wife and children. obviously, i do not have either. [laughter]
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at 17, the government says i can't take the responsibility of having a partner and children. but i cannot influence the society i would care for my kids with the right to vote. i am denied these rights not because of my knowledge or political awareness, but because i am a year younger than the required age. mys one year has cost me representation, my political participation, and my voice. yp's, we are being robbed. common arguments is that they do not know enough to bvote. this is not sufficient. has people who may not have enough political knowledge to fill. we do not stop certain people voting based on their political awareness. low, we haveut is empowered young people. we are finally being represented
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in council, parliament, and general elections. the government has to listen. to knowbe interested the same arguments were used against the votes for 18 year olds and the women's suffrage movement. which empower women to vote. the past, the u.k. has led the world and reforms. but now, we are trailing. something like giving women the vote was a huge step towards a fair and equal democracy. this is the, myp's, next step. this is a winnable campaign. not be a more relevant topic. the policy continues, the labour party has reiterated its support for extending the franchise. totland has given the vote 16-year-olds to 17-year-olds in the upcoming referendum.
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something conservative show support of by backing the idea. this progress finally causes us to draw a line in the sand in 2014. it is our call to action. on alore you to vote national campaign that would change the lives of young people for centuries to come. and help bring this topic to a final conclusion. myp's, the wars of this prestigious room have time for one more voting reform. let's reengage a bit this engaged franchise the distant enfranchise young people. [applause] >> thank you for getting us off to a good start with that speech. to oppose the motion, i called mr. matthew walker from wales.
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[applause] >> thank you, mr. speaker. how do i follow that? i will tell you how. two foot or not to vote at 16. that is the clustered with a more complicated answer than some of you may think. when i wrote the first -- that is the question with a more complicated answer that some of you may think. education may not prepare us to vote. a friend of mine said you are going to need statistics to back this up. i realize one thing, the evidence is inconsistent. a report by the electoral commission involved over 7500 responses and recommended that the voting age remain 18. the childrenear, and young people's assembly of wales had a document that said the opposite.
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80% said yes, give us the vote at 16. we are ready. although this is from welsh, not de research. it shows a wide wreckage of opinions. of opinions.ge this is the top issue for our young people. just under 20% of those votes came from one city in the east of glenengland. this is not a fairer presentation. we all want jobs and a better education. we want bullying to be prevented in schools. young peoplesent and our nation is divided. -- we should find out what people want.
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on the 26th of october, the voting age reduction bill had a second reading in the house of lords. ed miliband supported. let's leave this to the politicians who are already getting this the attention it deserves. thank you. [laughter] --[applause] >> what about hearing from someone from the northwest of england? that woman is in a state of great agitation. indeed. [laughter] we support voting at 16. we had a presentation at our full council meeting. it is one of the first places in the u.k. to publicly announce their support for vote 16.
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councils do care about their young people and have trust in them. isn't it time we did this nationally? [applause] have we got from london? there is a huge delegation. the woman in the back. >> thank you, mr. speaker. from richmond. our generation has been called lazy. we have been called a lost and hopeless generation. that is why vote 16 and 17 should show the government does have trust and faith in the use. we must bridge the gap between the social divide of the young helpedand adults that is by introducing the vote for 16 and 17-year-olds. a perfect example, the new referendum in scotland allowing 16-year-old and 17-year-olds to vote. let me finish with a quote. "trust people and they will greatness show them
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and they will show themselves to be great." thank you. [applause] >> what about the west midlands? i think that gentleman there. no, no. you, you, you. you looked as though you had suffered a parade that when i did not call you -- you had .uffered a degre >> me? thank you so much. [applause] thank you, mr. speaker. i have been waiting for this moment all day. [applause] i am from the west midlands. imf resenting my constituency in
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birmingham. start with at me point. the fact that we are here today shows that we are willing to be involved in this democratic process. we need to address this democratic deficit by getting involved at 16. this is a cause i have championed for many years now. when i was a 15-year-old and we were discussing work experience earlier. i was at my work experience. i was saying, you need to do this and sign my petition. the position is going to national government, this is something we need to consider. we talk about how young people we knowote -- how do that they will not vote if we do not give them the opportunity to do so? i am sorry, i am losing my point. i am going to make my argument very clear. [laughter]
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we need the vote. i am ready to vote, i was ready at the age of 15. i know which party i would be voting for. a party that champions young people's causes and a party that supports the introduction of votes at 16. you are all here for a purpose, to represent the opinions of young people. let me tell you this now. sorry -- i imagine all of you are very supportive of the system we are in. we need to get this though -- this vote. i know some of you have said you would not vote at 16. alluded toas was earlier, young people are often the hardest hit by government policy. we do not have a say to stop such policy.
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to -- ents tend not [applause] -- they will not attack us if we turn up and vote and we will not be the victims of this government. [applause] >> thank you. why do you think i love chairing these debates? it is the passion, the enthusiasm, the commitment. this is a proud day for our parliament. you are showing why we are so proud. let's have someone from the southwest. we will have the woman who stood up -- you all stood up -- the woman with the pink and -- the black outfit and the pink ribbon. you, indeed. [laughter] something that we all need to realize is that
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democracy in this country focuses very much on the short term. the government that governs us is depending on a four-year term. what we also have is a perspective that is a long-term perspective. why i feel that vote for 16 is important. to tackle long-term issues like unemployment for young people and a curriculum for life and bullying. these are all very long-term and complicated issues. the only way that young people can have a say and the only way that these can be tackled long-term is if we have the ability to look at 16. i urge you to vote for this issue. [applause] >> who have we got from scotland? was virtually assaulted. i use the word virtually. [applause] >> thank you, mr. speaker.
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for scotland. going off the member who spoke in favor of the motion. on september 18 next year, 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds will be able to vote on the referendum on scottish independence. young people are engaging deeply in debates and more young people are engaging with politics. age for all voting elections will ensure that more young people do not feel disconnected from politicians. sorry. instead, they will be having a direct impact on the people who make decisions on their behalf. 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds are featured readers -- are contributors to society. they should be rewarded by having the right to vote. [applause] >> ok. i think it is time that we heard from the east of england. ok. who have we got from the east of
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england? you in the blue. thank you. >> i am nathan. can i take a moment to reflect on something? aboutr, we were talking combating youth unemployment. we said before that we would be ofy focusing on a minority our youth parliament. now, i am not saying that i would love to be part of and influence across my country. parliament, youth that is what i want. i am simply stating that already we have heard today the lib conservatives, and the labour party have said they are backing it. there is a high chance that in scotland it will happen. everything and everyone has already said we like the idea. why give it more attention. we should be backing something that we can help progress for everybody.
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after all, that is why we are here. [applause] if we were to continue for vote at 16, which i highly believe will happen and should happen, we will only be contradicting ourselves with something we already said. that is something i do not like. think about it logically. if we cannot do one motion because of a minority we are already including, why not think otherwise. if it were going to happen, it has a high chance. go for something else. thank you. [applause] >> what about northern ireland? this chap here. --timothy from rhode island from northern ireland. the first thing i would like to adjust -- vote at 16 -- what is that going to do for the
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16-year-old on the street who is unemployed? [applause] today, we have put a lot of focus on the future of young people across the u.k. that her work experience. yes, we need life skills. and yes, we need employment. but we cannot do these things individually. and ourto put our eyes efforts to something higher. we need to look at full educational reform. i know i am taking a deviation. this is important. restrthern ireland, we are -- we are blessed with education. our assembly government is attempting to undermine that. , you last your grammar education decades ago and you quality ofour education reduced. we need to bring back grammar
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education. this is something we need to look at. we need to bring back grammar education to give everyone the chance to achieve what they can. we are one people, one nation, one education. [applause] what about yorkshire and humber? -- who have we got? this gentleman here. [applause] >> thank you. at 16, you can have children. joshua from wakefield. [laughter] have children and make life-changing decisions. 900 people voted.
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does this not prove that 16-year-olds are capable of making decisions? why should the general election be any different? [applause] who have we got, we have not heard from anyone from the southeast? [laughter] ok. this woman. we will hear from you. ate from the south southeast. i cannot possibly understand why you would vote for any other issue except this. this is going to affect all of this -- of us, even if you are 12 or 18. you will be voting, it could be someone in this room one day. i would like to say that this campaign is backing with the
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government believes. this is a campaign that we can work with the government to achieve together. it is not like the scottish we can get lots of information from them. [applause] >> we have not yet heard in this debate from the northeast. you have we got? this is difficult. yes, go. you can even share a speech. i better not encourage that. beth from newcastle, northeast. i would like to dispute the idea of neglect for 11-year-olds. they will grow up to be 16 and get the vote. when we make this decision, it is not just for one year, it is for the future. you are going to be 16 and you're going to vote. it is not going to be only the 16-year-olds of 2013. get to vote. that is what i mean.
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-- it is not selfish of us to think of the future. -- isot selfish of us not selfish of us as a youth parliament to dispute everything else and focus on this. the government is backing it. want not selfish of us to to have a successful campaign. that is something we have not had yet, i believe we can if we vote for 16. [applause] >> we had an opening speaker from the east midlands, we have not had a backbencher. yes, thank you. >> thank you. i am honored to represent. i represent my area -- i am not going to lie, i was on the fence. from what i gathered in the
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debates, we were very much pro-vote 16. i turned 16 a couple months ago. i am coming out of the vote 16 closet. i am coming out, guys. [applause] i have heard again and again how we are not mature enough. we are here because we are mature. other countries, argentina, they have the vote. [applause] we are ready for this. the time is coming. not having the apocalypse, brazil is not falling under. this could be a successful campaign. democracy is such a beautiful thing. please, vote for this. [applause] >> ok. there was one person -- call me
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feeble and week. misery, if i did not call him it would ruin my weekend. let's hear from you, sir. i hope that cheers you up. [applause] >> thank you. as part of theng west midlands. people will tell us that in recent elections, the youngest age group has had the lowest turnout. let me say this, have you seen the results for the make your mark ballot? [applause] how many young people wanted their voice to be heard and decided that they would take action and mark those ballot papers so we could be here today. elections happened not long ago, from the percentage of voters,
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only 12% came back. make your mark ballot's received 27%. that shows that our young people want this vote and will work for it. "hairspray," if you try to hold us down, we will say you cannot stop the beat. [applause] vote.l earn the we will use our vote successfully so we can be heard in our system. we will get what we want in our government. [applause] >> ok. doing my hear -- i am best to make it fair. i want to hear a guy from london. i did see this guy first.
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[applause] i represent the best region there is, london. [applause] we are all in london right now. so. [laughter] now, a great man once said to "it is fundamental that vote 16 happens because it shows democratic change and that the government is listening." forhould be doing something our young people, not just the government. that is the reason we are here. they say we do not care about politics. yes, many students are engaging in politics.
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they say we are not mature enough. we are expected to make decisions that affect the rest of our life. this that even make sense? [applause] 16 gives us a platform to make change and make influence. it says that we care. i've urge for -- i urge you to vote for vote 16. i will be voting vote 16. the biggest issue chosen, please vote for vote 16. [applause] ok. what about wales? who have we got left from wales? the woman, second row from the back. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i represent wales.
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basically, vote 16 is such a big topic. is such a big responsibility for us to have. i understand -- i know a political party i support. half of people do not understand what party to vote for. massiveeducation is a part of this. we need to be educated before we go into this. if we do not know what party we we going to vote for -- understand, but we are a small minority of young people. [applause] what theyknow understand? we understand completely the difference between the parties. we understand what they do and how they do things. not got a clue. she did not know that this exists and that there was a youth parliament. how can she -- not be trusted --
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but he left to pick our pm? how can that work? vote 16, but some people do not understand the responsibilities. [applause] humber side. oh dear. impossible. the woman there. at the end. black outfit. .> my fellow myp's >> oh. i am sorry. it is only fair to let someone who has not spoken. at the end. fair hair. yes. you. from north yorkshire.
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i think we should run the curriculum for life alongside vote 16. [applause] i think it is really important for young people's growth and development that they understand political life and parties. and the policies, as well. it makes such an impact on their lives and effects young people all over the u.k.. thank you. [applause] week that anybody else waiting to speak from northern ireland? speaker.you, mr. first, may i say that i believe the success of the extension of the vote choice in the make your been usedign that has
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to suggest political engagement by young people in a hidden minority. the make your mark campaign is not a prove of interest in politics in real life. people must go to the ballot box, the ballot box does not go to the people. [applause] >> -- secondly, there has been a d havetion that we shoul political education to prevent the rise of extremist parties. what is the point of encouraging the growth of the branches of this tree of democracy, the franchise, when its roots are torn up to educate against any party is censorship. that is incoherent with a state that claims to be a tolerant democracy.
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[applause] finally, members of the house. in the words of the political philosopher edmund burke , "we not merely actors our industry, but our judgment. and we betrayed them if we deny them either." young are too unconcerned, young to be, too given the vote. i know it is a popular policy. but what is popular is not always right. and what is right is not always popular. [applause] >> i want to thank you for that speech. both for the quality of your delivery -- i say this to all foreagues -- standing up
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what you believe. sometimes we do swim with the tide of opinions around us. sometimes we do not. it is very important to respect the capacity and willingness of public representatives to speak according to their convictions. ay take them. i say that not just to that gentleman from northern ireland, but to everyone who has spoken. a huge thank you. i am sorry to say on good things come to an end. i must now call ms. naheha mass. give her a welcome. [applause] >> thank you, mr. speaker. it is. how the arguments for vote at 16 are pretty good. right? [applause]
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while the arguments against the motion are equally pretty decent. issue sohat makes this divided. there are good points on both sides. marmite, you love it or hate it. this campaign has a lot of support, major political parties are backing vote at 16. not to mention scotland already has a referendum allowing 16-year-olds to vote. should this be our next campaign if it is expected to happen anyway? it also excludes 11-year-olds to 15-year-olds who we have been elected by. we represent everyone, 11 years old, 18-year-olds, every age between. 16-year-old and 17-year-olds who have not got a clue who david cameron is. [applause]
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-- and frankly, probably do not care. how are they supposed to make uninformed votes -- an informed vote? does the average 18-year-old have more political knowledge? do you wake up on your 18th birthday and turn into a clinical dictionary? political dictionary? so many adults who do not know about politics have the right to vote. [applause] you have heard it before, you can't legally marry and have pay wages. [applause] but you cannot vote for who they
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are. youg the last speaker, probably have decided what you are voting for before i started speaking. i urge you to vote for a winnable campaign. so we can turn around and say as myp, we haveas u.k achieved this. do you think unemployment, bullying, work experience, or the national curriculum, in a ye makes a vote for 16 fabulous is that it is practical and in principle. unreal, we have a general election around the corner. there is so much hype around this topic. these stars could not have been more aligned. we need to strike while the iron is hot. [applause]
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however -- [laughter] -- how muchhink does this actually matter to the people we represent? the facts speak louder and clearer, this is number one of 15 topics in the make your mark ballot. whether yourmite, love the vote or just downright hate it, what today boils down younglistening to all the people we represent. locally, regionally, nationally. and that is what i have every confidence you will all do. get out there and represent. [applause] much forthank you so
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winding up our proceedings in such fantastic style. i think that was appreciated by everyone in the chamber and all those attending to our proceedings elsewhere. that concludes the debates for today. week in primetime, bringing you encore presentations of c-span's q&a. memoir, bob ney and his in which he talks about his career and the house at his role --the lobby and scandal lobbying scandal that sent him to prison. >> i went to prison, i did not take my family with me. i took two of -- one current staffer and one who had just quit. those two staffers went with me, they dropped me off. i went in. i said, i am bob ney.
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the guard says i need one of your campaign managers and ohio. got down in their, the guard said you have some hate mail. it was from california and massachusetts. they gave me the mail. you go through the most embarrassing part of the stripped-down. intake and into the walked into prison. down into the courtyard. arden, i will not use the language, said he can find his own way. i am not wearing to -- i do not know where to go. another prisoner said where is your escort that is supposed to take you around? i said i don't know, some guy in a suit yield -- yelled. back in the line giron, a man is
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sitting there and he said -- room, a manlaundry is sitting there and said are you the congressman? i said i used to be. he said are you a republican? i said republicans put me here. he said i was the mayor of east cleveland. after that -- >> a look at the news that led the president to push for changes in the nation's gun laws. as well as testimony from gabrielle giffords, who was shot in the head in her district. tonight at 8:00 eastern. at mamierom a look eisenhower. she gained popularity for her
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